Freezing Rhubarb?

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  • more advice needed sorry :(

    i have quite a lot of rhubarb in my garden and my questions are:

    how do i know if its safe to eat?

    if it is can i cook and then freeze it and if so how?

    probably really dumb questions (hangs head in shame) but i dont want to poison everyone

    thanks in advance :)
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    I grew rhubarb and always froze enough for the whole winter. Pick by pulling and twisting, cut off leaves and base and get rid. Chop stalks into small (1" ish) sections. Wash, dry on t towels, bag and freeze. Always, always worked well

    Just be absolutely certain that it is rhubarb and not a plant that looks similar. Ask a neighbour if not sure
  • oliveoyloliveoyl Forumite
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    It's the leaves that are poisonous, not the stems... so as long as you don't eat them, you'll be fine.
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  • Penelope_PenguinPenelope_Penguin Forumite
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    We have an older thread -freezing rhubarb. I'll add your question to this later, to keep all suggestions together.

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  • that's great - thanks everyone
  • JillicaJillica Forumite
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    Hi
    My dad has given me loads of rhubarb from his garden. Can I just chop it up and freeze it or do I have to do anything to it first?
    Thanks
    Jillica x
  • Penelope_PenguinPenelope_Penguin Forumite
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    I chop mine, freeze it on trays, then store in freezer bags.

    We have an older thread on this subject, so I'll add your question to that.

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  • My lovely neighbour has just been round and given me 2 lettuces and 4 large stalks of rhubarb.
    We are only a family a 3 so a small crumble will be made later.
    How long does rhubarb keep and can I freeze it? If so do I need to cook it before hand?
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  • YategirlYategirl Forumite
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    The rhubarb will keep for a few days in the fridge. I tend to chop it into pieces and freeze spread out on a tray before putting in bags - I don't cook it before freezing.
  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    Hi cookiedough,

    Freezing rhubarb works well. Like Yategirl, I open freeze it before putting it into the bag. I'll add your post to the curren freezing rhubarb thread to keep the replies together.

    This thread might help too: Rhubarb ideas

    Pink
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